The Battle for the Constitution

A special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with the National Constitution Center

Support for this project was provided by the Madison Initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. More

This work was commissioned, produced, and edited by The Atlantic's editorial staff. Support for this work was provided in part by the organizations listed here.

An illustration of Congress with red scribbles
Chip Somodevilla / Getty / The Atlantic

The Mess Congress Could Make

The Bush v. Gore fight has become the template of a disputed election, but many of the worst-case scenarios could end up before Congress, not the Court.

An illustration of a set of scales with Bill Barr's face
Matt McClain / Getty / The Atlantic

The Fanatic

Bill Barr is convinced that the country is betraying its founding—and that it’s up to him to stop it.

Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress; Bettmann / Getty

The Smart Way to Fix the Filibuster

Rather than completely eliminate the procedure, Democrats should reform it so that it continues to exist for truly extraordinary circumstances.